@quartzwing every time you need to reload, dodge. Every time you dodge, reload. Seriously when I’m playing that game there’s a little loop in my brain that counts shots, then semi-automatically hits l1, square. And every time I dodge through an incoming bullet I may as well use that little window of invulnerability to reload.
I also have about twenty years of playing bullet hell games (at a filthy casual level: I will never one-credit a Cave game, I have owned Ikaruga on multiple consoles but never actually finished it) so “be where the bullets are not” is kind of ingrained at a very low level. I’m pretty sure there is a network in my brain optimized solely for analyzing bullet patterns by now.